With the rapid growth of online shopping over the past few years, we here at PetEdge have had the chance to work with more international groomers than ever before.
On our Facebook page this year alone, we've talked to groomers from such far-off locales as Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Kazakhstan.
While we’re thrilled to be part of the global grooming community, we have noticed an increase in the number of questions we get concerning voltage and grooming appliances that are being used overseas.
So we thought we’d take some time on the blog to give you the basics.
(First, a quick disclaimer. The information provided here is intended to be informative but not authoritative. If you have any questions about the use of electrical appliances in your shop, please consult with a licensed electrician in your area.)
Different Volts for Different Folks
Many countries in the world operate on different voltage systems.
Two of the most common are the 110 volt system (used here in the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico), and the 220 volt system (commonly used in Europe, Australia and many other places).
Note: When we use 110 and 220, we are using generalized terminology for the sake of clarity. AC electrical systems actually fluctuate (thus the term alternating current) in a range of voltage. 110 can be expressed as any combination of 110/115/120, and 220 and can be any combination of 220/230/240.
Click here to see a list of voltage by countries from Wikipedia, and please double check with local officials if you're not sure what electrical system your shop is operating on.
Unless otherwise specified, all of the products in the PetEdge catalog and online at Petedge.com are designed to work on the 110 volt system. This includes clippers, trimmers, dryers, electric lift grooming tables and tubs, grooming shop signs, and just about anything else that plugs in.
We do have some 220 volt appliances that can be ordered directly from our site, such as the 220 volt Andis AGC Clipper shown below, and the 220 volt Metro Air Force Dryer at the top of the page.
Click here to see our selection of 220-volt appliances at PetEdge.com.
Did you know that many of the items that are only available on our site in 110 volt models can be special-ordered in 220-volt versions as well?
If you see something on our site that you like, but don’t see its 220-volt counterpart, please give us a call at 800-PetEdge (1-998-978-8100). We’ll be happy to help!
Why It’s Important To Match Up Voltage
If you are an international groomer with a shop that operates on a 220 volt system, we strongly recommend that you order appliances that are designed to run on that voltage.
There are plug adaptors that will allow you to plug a 110 volt appliance into a 220 volt outlet, but these adaptors do not alter the voltage. They only change the configuration of the prongs on the plug.
Running a 110 volt appliance on a 220 volt current can quickly burn out the appliance and leave you with a sparking, smoking appliance and potentially dangerous mess on your hands.
There are transformers available that will convert the current from 220 volts to 110 volts, but we'd also recommend against using these with your grooming equipment.
For one thing, using a transformer will likely void any warranty that you have for the product. And if the transformer fails to operate correctly, you'll be left with the sparking, smoking mess described above.
Domestic Uses for 220 Volt Appliances
In the United States, 220 volt circuits do exist, and they can be an energy-efficient way to operate a high-powered appliance like a grooming dryer or an air conditioning system.
Depending on the cost of installing a 220 volt circuit, the savings that you realize on your electric bill could make it a worthwhile investment for your grooming business.
Adding a 220 volt circuit is also worth considering if you are building a grooming shop from scratch, or renovating your existing grooming shop. Just make sure that you locate the circuit in a spot where you'll have access to all the equipment you'll need to operate at the higher voltage.
Do you have a question about a PetEdge product or a grooming product that’s available on our site? Call us at 800-PetEdge and ask to speak with one of our product support specialists.
Thanks and happy grooming :)